DFF Basic Apologetics Seminar 2009 Starts Amidst Brewing Storm!!!
The long wait is finally over!!!
Despite the brewing storm, the 2009 Basic Apologetics Seminar 2009 sponsored by Defensores Fidei Foundation kicked off yesterday at the Training Room (3rd Floor) of Amici Building (formerly Red Ribbon), Connecticut cor. Missouri Streets, Greenhills, San Juan.
Around forty (40) participants attended the first day of the Seminar. The topic on the Church was discussed by Prof. Marwil N. Llasos, OP. Prof. Llasos, a lawyer and professor of law by profession, is an associate member of Defensores Fidei Foundation since 2004. He is also a commissioned lay preacher and a consecrated secular of the Company of St. Dominic.
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Fatima presides in 2009 DFF Apologetics Seminar
Prof. Llasos led the opening prayer. After his spontaneous prayer of praise, thanksgiving and petition, he led the recitation of the morning prayer of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The official DFF pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima presided the seminar. Prof. Llasos consecrated the DFF, the seminar, the speakers and the participants to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary.
DFF Chairman Mr. Henry Siy, gives an overview of the Apologetics Course
Mr. Henry Siy, founding Chairman of Defensores Fidei Foundation, welcomed the participants and gave a brief overview of apologetics. He also introduced Defensores Fidei Foundation and mentioned the group’s projects and programs for the past fruitful years.
Mr. Henry Siy lectures on Apologetics and introduces DFF and its apostolate
Prof. Marwil N. Llasos, OP, then discussed the meaning, nature and origin of the Church. He proved based on Sacred Scripture and history that the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ is the Roman Catholic Church. He pointed out that the four marks of the Church were present from the foundation of the Church by Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:13-19. He demonstrated that these four (4) marks – unity, holiness, catholicity and apostolicity – are present in the Roman Catholic Church alone.
It’s blessed to be Catholic: Mr. Henry Siy exhorts participants to finish the course
The outline of the lecture on the Church may be found in the blog entry below.
Ecclesiology: Prof. Marwil N. Llasos,OP, preaches the One Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church
After the lecture of Prof. Llasos, he welcoed questions from the participants. Several questions were raised. Among these questions was the request for clarification of the maxim “outside the Church, there is no salvation.”
Bro. Marwil N. Llasos and Sis. Zelfa Fabregas of the Legion of Mary
The seminar ended with the praying of the Angelus led by Sr. Zelfa Fabregas, an aspirant to the Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD) in Lipa Carmel.
Legionaries attend the seminar. Bro. Jose Eleazar Adawag, Sis. Ruth Fabregas-Adawag, and Sis. Zelfa Fabregas
The participants were very thankful to the DFF for organizing the seminar. They said that they learned much about the Church and the lecture has deepened their faith. They pledged that they will share what they learned to others so that they, too, will see the splendor of the truth and the beauty of the faith in Our Holy Mother the Church.
Bro. Mars Llasos and Sr. Zelfa Fabregas
We commend and thank all the participants for coming despite the heavy rains and flood brought about by typhoon Ondoy. Some of them got stranded on their way home. May the all-merciful and benevolent God who cannot be outdone in generosity bless and protect you always!
Note: The next lecture is on the Bible to be given by Mr. Carlos Antonio Palad on October 3, 2009, 9:00 in the morning to 12:00 noon at the Training Room (3rd Floor) of Amici Building (formerly Red Ribbon, the same building occupied by Totus Bookstore), Connecticut cor. Missouri Streets, Greenhills, San Juan.
The 2009 DFF Basic Apologetics Seminar will end in December 2009. For details, please call Totus Bookstore at telephone number (02) 723-4326.
Participants were all ears to the lecture on the Church
Participants exchange views, reactions and opinions prior to the open forum
After the seminar, participants enjoy their Italian meal at Amici. In the picture are members of the Refugium Peccatorum Praesidium of the Legion of Mary in Sto. Domingo Parish headed by their Spiritual Director, Bro. Mars Llasos